New information emerging from Germany strongly suggests that the case fatality rate (CFR) is highly likely to be far lower than that which has been advertised and which many people have predicted. It is critical to point out from this preliminary study that the case fatality rate turned out to be ~ .37%. By the American standards (Johns Hopkins) this area of Germany should have had a case fatality rate of 1.98%. In terms of the total population the mortality is around .06%. This all stems from the “different reference sample sizes of infected individuals.” In other words the denominator was far larger in terms of people who had either been currently suffering from the virus and were not sick enough to enter the healthcare system or who had already had it and in fact were now immune. This has not been factored into the “models” that have been promoted by states like Minnesota where the governor has inexplicably continued to keep the state shut down for long periods of time despite emerging evidence that would not support this. The suggestions from the Germans certainly include certain levels of sequestration particularly for vulnerable individuals and continuation of “hygienic standards”. However, restoration of business under certain restrictions is certainly not only possible but likely recommended. It is critical that “immunologic resilience” is promoted more rigorously and at higher levels. We have been talking about this here for three months.
This is a medical “editorial” and my opinion only. Although I feel it is supported by as much scientific evidence that is currently being used to support any number of other interventions in medicine, it is certainly not considered a “standard of care” among conventional practitioners. Nonetheless, in my opinion, individuals who are deficient in any one of several simple micronutrients are at risk for greater levels of morbidity and even mortality given the lack of herd immunity with this particular virus. There are more interventions that could be discussed, but in the interest of brevity, we will focus here on just a few.
There appears to be quite a contrast among countries with respect to expected mortality from the COVID-19 virus. Everyone by now knows that Wuhan, China, experienced fairly significant mortality with the rapidly evolving infection there along with Italy and to a lesser extent Spain. The United Kingdom has a smaller infection rate, but that is changing rapidly. The mortality appears to be lower. However, Germany, that appears to have been doing more testing than any other country, has an extraordinarily low mortality rate. Whether it’s the beer or a better healthcare system or simply that they have a much more accurate “denominator” in calculating mortality, the statistics are quite interesting to say the least. This morning – March 22 – the Guardian reports on all of this with little to explain it other than perhaps better data gathering.
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A “Corona type virus” is now alleged to have caused a bit of a pandemic with a respiratory/pneumonia type of illness that seems to be extraordinarily infectious and can have very morbid consequences in a vulnerable population. The latter appears to be older individuals or those people who have other medical problems that make them immunologically fragile. There is no shortage of exploding scientific discussions about what this all “appears to be”. The Lancet (British) and the New England Journal of Medicine (American) represent officialdom in terms of what this is all about. I must say that the rhetoric in these 2 highly respected journals is subdued compared with what we are hearing from the mainstream media news desks. There are several sides to the story…
…and here is a compelling discussion of the whole affair from an unusual source published today on Mercola’s website. Much of this is not only believable but plausible if not likely. Many of these statements are consistent with the behavior of the illness thus far — the unusual contagious nature, the combination of the respiratory and gastrointestinal mucosal areas of infection, and the inflammatory “cytokine storm” it creates that can penetrate and lead to sepsis.
In a breaking story that is actually one that has been playing out over the last year or two, yet another insurance company or third-party payer has now settled for an undisclosed amount. A settlement was achieved between Cigna and the plaintiffs in response to a lawsuit filed against them and the Infectious Disease Society of America. A number of Lyme disease victims had accused them of collusion in denying appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic medical care. Recently, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas and Kaiser Permanente also reached confidential settlements. It would be nice to be able to access the details of these cases, but of course, because of the settlement, they will remain secret. One can only imagine some of the facts that were disclosed. This basically guarantees that there will never be a jury trial. Nonetheless, the public needs to know that behind the scenes powerful Big Box players in healthcare – both those providing the care and their colluding partners – the ones taking your money and paying for the care – have been engaged in a conspiratorial effort to deny the existence of a disease and the appropriate treatment of it. The secrecy speaks for itself.
When asked, most physicians and other healthcare providers will tell patients and families that vaccines are completely safe, reactions are rare, and when they do occur, they are minor. But is this the truth? Here, a report is highlighted that demonstrates otherwise and is well documented. When the incidence of autism is now ~ 1 out of every 37 male births in America, someone needs to be asking some questions as to why. The relationship between neurodevelopmental issues and vaccines would appear to be — minimally — worth some rigorous research. But the level of denial – rising to the point that even bringing it up in polite company risks banishment socially, politically, and academically – has gotten to the point where someone needs to have the courage to speak up.
The whimsical application of pharmacology to behavior in children has become, well, almost an epidemic. I often wonder how we can tell adults not to use alcohol to “calm down” when we are so quick to have children take pills so that they can “pay attention”. Is anyone actually looking at the underlying causes? Probably not because that would hurt sales. Finally, however, this is starting to get the attention of state legislatures, particularly here in Minnesota……
Once in a while a book comes along that sort of “changes everything”.
For what seems like many decades there has been a contentious and ongoing dialogue between those who believe that Lyme disease is some over represented, mythical condition that leads to patient histrionics and even malingering and others – including affected patients themselves – who understand that this is a profound disease that lingers and oftentimes is simply irremediable. Institutions like the Mayo Clinic, for example, rely simply on flawed and out of date laboratory testing that will leave patients hanging. They will give them no diagnosis at all or tell them that they are simply “depressed while they remain disabled with intractable symptoms.
In the late 1990s returning astronauts from the International Space Station tended to be quite deconditioned, and many were depressed, had sleep disorders and fibromyalgia, and exhibited other symptoms of chronic ill defined illness that required months of recovery. For a while it was thought that the weightless environment was responsible, but quickly it became apparent that there was a lack of key elements of light and electromagnetic energy similar to that which we all experience living here on terra firma. We are indeed energetic beings, and when certain types (frequencies) of energy are gone, our biology becomes chaotic and dysfunctional — curiously resembling a lot of the chronic illness for which our wonderful pharmacopia is ill-suited. In fact profound changes occur in immune function that reactivate latent viruses like EBV, CMV, and other bugs thought to be associated with mysterious illnesses like chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. Could it be that these illnesses are more a result of weakening or inadequate exposure to healthy electromagnetic energy than they are of the viruses themselves?
Minnesota Natural Medicine – the oldest and most experienced medical clinic integrating board-certified internal medicine, functional and naturopathic medicine, and energetic tools, along with the most modern forms of genomic and functional testing that personalizes care. Issues that we address range from common medical conditions such as migraine headaches and intestinal irritability to complex chronic illness in the elderly. Each case is treated as a unique one. Our aim is to “compress morbidity” as much as possible into the end of life. That is to say we attempt to optimize functional health in all areas regardless of the underlying illness.
We have no insurance contracts that bind us to specific treatments and which would otherwise prevent us from exploring novel tests and treatments. This includes Medicare. A couple of Minnesota companies are particularly punitive about denying payment to patients who submit claims from our office. A new service can help cut through the unjust denial of benefits. Medical Bill Gurus will freely evaluate your claim to maximize your coverage.
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We employ novel tools for risk management and treatment above and beyond those routine tests that have been done for years in the standard clinic. Some examples of this include:
Arterial pulse wave analysis is the advanced method to measure blood pressure and to determine the health of arteries and the true need for blood pressure and other medications affecting the heart and vessels.
Oncoblot and IvyGene testing are blood tests that can detect the presence of malignancies long before they are visible by standard techniques such as x-rays, mammograms, scans, or colonoscopy. The Oncoblot test is expected to return to the marketplace in the coming year after upgrades to make it less expensive and allow the turnaround to be much quicker. This permits detection of malignant cells long before they become a clinical issue. We feel that this is the future of cancer management – eliminate it before it has a chance to grow. The FDA has not approved either test, but they are extraordinarily useful nonetheless in conjunction with the usual standards of care.
We formulate compounded medications and nutraceuticals that are generally unavailable as drugs or supplements through standard sourcing. We now offer total customization for supplements and nutraceuticals — the first in Minnesota.
Microcurrent, PEMF, red light/near infra red phototherapy and K laser therapies are applied to injured tissue, brain injuries, and degenerative areas to promote recovery rather than simply treating symptoms with antidepressants, steroids or pain medications that usually are simply Band-Aids. Although medications for pain or mood can certainly be helpful, they are not a long-term solution. We have just added PEMF therapy that will open up a new area for treatment of chronic pain and degenerative conditions as well as neurocognitive disorders.
Immunotherapy utilizes very low concentrations of proteins from common pathogens that are likely induction agents for many autoimmune conditions. Individuals who simply can’t get better after suffering from Lyme disease in its many forms, often require treatments that have little to do with antibiotics.
Pharmacogenomic testing provides an analysis of each persons genotype and how it will respond to various drug classes. This can make the difference between the application of an effective drug at the proper dose and dosing interval versus someone using a drug that’s either not effective or that will be predictably causing adverse reactions.
These are just some of the areas that the management of complex illness the 21st century requires.